|Jinhua greets 1.18m tourists during holiday|
Xing Zhihong, acting mayor of Jinhua, delivered the municipal government's annual work report at the sixth session of the Seventh Jinhua Municipal People's Congress on Feb 22, saying that the year-on-year growth rates of the city's GDP and of the income of urban an rural residents stood at 2.8 percent, 3.7 percent, and 6.5 percent, respectively.
The sixth session of the Seventh Jinhua Municipal People's Congress commenced in Jinhua, East China's Zhejiang province, on Feb 22 and will last till Feb 25. The fifth session of the Seventh Jinhua Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) began on Feb 21 and will conclude on Feb 24.
Statistics from the Jinhua municipal bureau of culture, broadcast and tourism show that Jinhua entertained more than 1.18 million tourists from Feb 11 to 17, a year-on-year increase of 244.2 percent, and generated nearly 900 million yuan ($139.06 million) in tourism revenue, an 82.6 percent year-on-year growth.
Jinhua's Hengdian World Studios, one the of country's biggest movie and television production centers, launched a series of activities for the seven-day Spring Festival holiday, including a "celebrities accompany you to spend the Lunar New Year" activity, a 50 percent discount on entrance tickets, limited edition annual cards, and visiting film crews.
Statistics show that the number of film crews staying in Hengdian for the festival was more than twice that of last year.
Hengdian World Studios received 476,200 tourists from Feb 12 to 18.
"Spending Lunar New Year in Hengdian" was the top option of some tourists, making Hengdian World Studios one of the 10 most popular destinations for self-driving tourists during the holiday in China.
Most tourists preferred family travel to group travel this year. A survey by the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism showed that the proportion of self-driving tours in Jinhua reached 79.3 percent during the Spring Festival holiday, ranking first in the province.
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Popular scenic areas in Jinhua, including Double Dragon Scenic Area, Fangyan Scenic Area in Yongkang county, Wuzhou Ancient City, Niutou Mountain National Forest Park in Wuyi county, saw sharp increases in tourist consumption and the average number of daily visitors during the holiday compared with the previous year, especially the number of one-day trips and tourist consumption.
A person in charge of Wuzhou Ancient City said that nearly 100,000 tourists visited the venue during the seven-day holiday, one fourth of whom were migrant workers staying put in Jinhua for the holiday.